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Old 06-14-2018, 07:16 PM
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Default Research Paid Off. Silver #35 For the Year is Another First!

I've been playing around with and came across this baseball field. Here is what it looked like in 1950 (that's the oldest aerial photo I could look at.) The other picture is what it looks like today. I put the Nel Thunder coil on and searched deep. Hit a few wheat pennies that got me hoping there was some silver to be found.. I came across a dream signal... 89-90 on the AT Max at 10 inches. Repeated from all angles and pinpointed tight. I cut out a larger than normal plug flap and when I lifted the flap back, saw a beautiful large reeded silver edge! Thought for sure I had another Walker. Turns out to be a 1953 Ben Franklin half. My first! Thanks for looking. Those big silvers are still out there to be found.
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2018 Totals: Clad $446.14
Wheats: 264, Silver: 60, Silver Rings: 22
IH: 3, Buffalo/V/Shield: 13, Gold: 1

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Old 06-14-2018, 07:33 PM
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Awesome find! Still looking for my first franklin!

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YTD 2018 (197)Wheats (4)IHP (58)Silver coins
(9)Buffs (8)Vís (5)Tokens (5)Sterling
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:36 PM
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That's a great #35 for being a '53 half. Congrats!

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Oldest coin: 1760 Colonial Half Penny; Oldest US coin: 1796 Large Cent; Oldest US silver coin: 1861 Liberty Seat Dime; 2017 Y/E Clad: $616.38: 2018 Y/E: TBA

Coin record amounts found on one of various days: Quarters-113; Dimes-86; Nickels-53

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Old 06-14-2018, 07:58 PM
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Nice half! Those bens arenít as plentiful as other halves,,Congrats on the save.
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Old 06-14-2018, 10:30 PM
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Nice detective work! you can barely see the infield on that newer aerial, without the older picture it wouldn't have been easy to figure out!

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Old 06-14-2018, 10:56 PM
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Awesome find! Glad your research paid off with a big silver.

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Old 06-14-2018, 10:57 PM
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Now thats a trophy of a find there Stiffy! Wild dirt BF Halfs are harder to find than Walkers ...Great post and pics and research to track down that elusive Bald Head Ben! Akin to stalking and harvesting P&Y Elk with a home made recurve!...Congratulations and very happy for you! Surgical!


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Old 06-14-2018, 11:13 PM
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Great find! And research pays off! Thanks a ton for sharing that website!!!

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Old 06-15-2018, 06:49 AM
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Oh my ...Big Ben 👍

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Old 06-15-2018, 06:59 AM
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A rare find indeed - congrats on the Franklin Half !

I've found (7) Walking Half's and (26) Kennedy Half's but I've never found a Franklin.

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Old 06-15-2018, 09:33 AM
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Congrats on finding big Ben for the first time...nice dig!

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